Cisco positions the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification as the second tier in Cisco’s certification pyramid. However, CCNA, not CCENT, serves as the prerequisite for most of the other Cisco certifications, including the CCNA Concentrations, CCNP, CCIP, CCSP, CCVP, and CCNP Wireless. As a result, CCNA remains the most popular Cisco certification.
Cisco offers two paths to CCNA: A single exam or 2 exams. The two exam path matches the authorized Cisco courses of the same name (ICND1 and ICND2). The one exam path, using the CCNA exam, covers the same material, just in a single comprehensive exam.